February Book Club Picks

2 Feb

This month both my book clubs picked novels set in Mississippi. By The Book is reading The Color of Justice by Ace Collins and Page Turners is reading The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee.

Have you read either of the books? What did you think? If you haven’t, consider joining us. We’d love to hear your thoughts.



Justice, Mississippi, is a town divided. White and black. Rich and poor. Rule makers and rule breakers. Right or wrong, everyone assumes their place behind a fragile façade that is about to crumble. When attorney Coop Lindsay agrees to defend a black man accused of murdering a white teenager, the bribes and death threats don’t intimidate him. As he prepares for the case of a lifetime, the young lawyer knows it’s the verdict that poses the real threat—innocent or guilty, because of his stand Coop is no longer welcome in Justice. As he follows his conscience, he wonders just how far some people will go to make sure he doesn’t finish his job?


To some, the result of the trial still feels like a fresh wound even fifty years later, when Coop’s grandson arrives in Justice seeking answers to the questions unresolved by the trial that changed his family’s legacy. When a new case is presented, again pitting white against black, this third generation Lindsay may have the opportunity he needs to right the wrongs of the past.

But hate destroys everything it touches, and the Lindsay family will not escape unscathed.


13613777Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Cherry Cola Book Club is the touching and sometimes hilarious story of a young, upbeat librarian who has been given an ultimatum to increase the library’s circulation dramatically — or risk having to close its doors.

Maura doesn’t just start a book club; she gets involved in unique and unexpected ways with her library patrons. She entertains and advises them, she has potluck dinners, and life in the town begins to imitate art. The patrons begin to relate their own lives to the work of writers like Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. In moving and personal ways, Maura helps them deal with such subjects as long-lost love and a brush with death, offering advice on nearly everything — including romance. No topic is off limits. Along the way, Maura raises the profile of the library — but will it be enough?

2 Responses to “February Book Club Picks”

  1. Carole February 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    I’m eager to hear your club’s thoughts on these two, Beckie. I’ve been wanting to try Ace Collins for a long time, and The Cherry Cola Book Club looks delightful. What a charming cover it has!


    • rbclibrary February 10, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      Ace Collins has been a favorite author of mine for a while. I loved his book, The Yellow Packard. He has several books coming out this year, including a Christmas book. I am about half way through and really enjoying it. So far the story is in 1964. There are some really “uncomfortable” scenes that really touch a nerve. I chose The Cherry Cola Book Club before I looked at the Amazon reviews. Although there are several negative one, I am hoping this will be a fun read.


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